Cien y Pico [Hundred & Something] Cien y Pico is our call to arms and means a [hundred & something] in La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote. Our vineyards are on the wide, dry plateau of the southern Castilian meseta, between the Mediterranean and Madrid, one thousand metres above sea level and surrounded by mountains The project is the result of many years of experience in the region and the personal quest of four winemakers (Australian Zar Brooks, his Bulgarian wife Elena Golakova Brooks, Spaniard Luis Juminez García and Italian Nicola Tucci) to preserve these 19th century vineyards. For some growers, harvesting the low yields of these vineyards is uneconomical and the attraction of EU subsidies, in exchange for uprooting the old vines, has proved too tempting. When the team first tasted the wines and visited the region, they agreed that something needed to be done and Cien y Pico was born. The aim of Cien Y Pico is to protect and preserve these 19th Century vineyards for future generations. We trust Cien y Pico’s vineyards to produce wines that will allow us, four winemakers-errant, to be victorious in the battle for vineyards of terroir and biodiversity.
Impenetrable deep hued purple, with youthful violet on the edges. Just an extraordinarily deep hued red. A fantastic range of blueberries, damson plums and cherries. Also there are intriguing smells of fresh tea, lavender and Turkish delight, but in the main this wine smells lots of red fruit and summer berries, raspberries, redcurrants, Loganberries and blackberries combined with a little cram on top. Interestingly the smell of this has often been compared to many great (rich) wine styles and varieties but there is always a note referring to the perfumed elements on the nose. Attaching intense fresh and uplifting powerful pure blueberry and strong red fruits, followed by complete and almost summer pudding array of juicy blackberries, delicious strawberries and cream. There is also some significant tannin as well as strong dark chocolate dominates on the palate, supported by blueberry coulis like flavours. Lingers on the finish.